By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC#8/WBA#10 ranked OPBF middleweight champ Koji Sato (14-0, 13 KOs), 161.5, engaged in a non-title bout and displayed a fine and quick demolition of Mexican Martin Avila (9-4, 3 KOs), 160.5, with a solid right to the face at 2:18 of the second session in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. Avila took a full count with the head pillowed on the lowest rope, as if he was sleeping there. Sato, whose amateur mark was 133-3, 101 stoppages, acquired the vacant OPBF belt by halting Australian ruler Adam Vela in nine hard-fought rounds in March 2007, and kept it four times. Sato, 28, handled by Akihiko Honda, seems to need more speed and agility to cope with international top notchers.
Unbeaten southpaw flyweight prospect, OPBF#13 Go Onaga (13-0, 9 KOs), 112, battered OPBF#9 Korean Jinki Jun (6-6, no KO), 112, from the outset, but had to be content with a unanimous technical decision (60-54, 60-55 and 59-57) because of the winner’s bad bleeding caused by an accidental butt at 0:53 of the sixth in a scheduled eight. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.